Middle School ELA

Ms. Verling 


Middle School ELA

Developing and supporting a love of reading is the highlight of our classroom. We use research-proven reading strategies to continually grow students' comprehension and a Greek- and Latin-based vocabulary program that multiplies students' vocabularies exponentially. Each class meets once in the morning for independent choice reading and vocabulary and once in the afternoon for our grammar program, reading comprehension practice with informational texts, and whole class reading and discussion or writing activities.

Weekly reading response letters are due at the beginning of class each Friday. Students have instructions for these in their binders, and you can view them here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xagOUrxrR5mnIVX09KV5zECLzPzJ7cfG598_g3Yz1Z0/edit . You can also view an example of a reading response letter here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XYTEORaUMVLiFwNil3cHRRmLgzatCn8UbXc81CFd2uQ/edit .


Welcome! I am Allison Verling, and I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ELA at Williams Academy for 4.5 years now.

I am passionate about sharing the gifts of reading and writing with others, and I especially love teaching middle school students because of how fun they are and how expansive their thinking is. It is a joy to help students develop their critical thinking and the connections they make between life and texts.

I have 4 children ages 15-24, along with 3 dogs and 3 cats, and they all conspire to keep me laughing. I love to read, write, garden, and make jewelry. 

I have a BA in English from Appalachian State University, Graduate Certificate in Teaching Middle Grades with a Concentration in ELA from Appalachian, and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from University of North Carolina Charlotte.

I am available by email at averling@williamsacademy.org.